Get a taste of northern Spain's culture, cuisine and charisma

Come on a short but sweet tour through the north of Spain and get to know the people, landscapes, customs and cuisine that combine to make this part of the country so fascinating. From delighting in the seaside charms of bustling Barcelona and enjoying the lively tapas bars of San Sebastian, to sipping delicious Rioja in Logrono and pulling up a seat in an atmospheric square in Madrid - this will be one eight-day adventure you won't forget.

Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
Madrid, Spain
Countries
Spain
Themes
Explorer
Code
ZMSN
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
97kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit Barcelona and soak up the cosmopolitan vibe
  • Wander Pamplona’s winding alleys and admire its cathedrals
  • Relax on the beach in sunny San Sebastian
  • Sip on Rioja wine on a stay in Logrono
  • Get swept up in Madrid city's many charms

Itinerary

Set off to explore the heady streets of Barcelona. See great works of art in the Picasso Museum, head to the waterfront for a bowl of traditional paella, soak up the festive vibe of Las Ramblas or catch the funicular to Montjuic for sweeping views of the city. While in Barcelona, be sure to find time to absorb the bizarre beauty of La Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudi’s most iconic creations.
Get acquainted with Pamplona on a walking tour, learning how the town has served as both a military stronghold and an important point on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail for centuries. Meander down winding alleys and step inside ornate buildings such as Pamplona's Gothic cathedral - one of the most important religious structures in Spain.
Head to Logrono in the far north of Spain, well known for its delicious Rioja wine. Drop by the wine museum to learn more about this area's famous tipple. Take the time to visit the cathedral, mosey along the river or go tapas bar-hopping.
Travel to San Sebastian and relish the cool breezes coming off the Bay of Biscay. Experience firsthand why San Sebastian is the perfect place for sun, fun and relaxation with its beautiful Old Town, lively beach scene and plethora of pintxos bars. Take in sublime coastal views on the Monte Igueldo cable car or visit Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim, located a short distance away in Bilbao.
Arrive in magical Madrid, a city overflowing with world-class art galleries, atmospheric city squares, manicured parks and gardens, and heaving nightclubs and bars. Make time to celebrate the end of this north Spain adventure by trawling through several of the city’s distinctive neighbourhoods and museums. Try tapas, sample some local wine and quickly discover why Madrid is one the most loved cities in Spain.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts
Transport
Bus, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Logrono tapas crawl
  • Monte Igueldo cable car
  • Pamplona Orientation Walk
  • Wine Museum

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North Spain Discovery , July 2015

North Spain Discovery , July 2015